[img]http://www.sermonindex.net/images/forum/2004/may/humble.jpg[/img]"For [u]God has chosen[/u] the weak things in the world, the foolish, the nothings.. That no flesh will Glory in His presence."1 Corinthians 1:27-29Does revival come from the well known? the well spoken? the knoweldgable? NO it comes from the despised, the destitute, the desperate.[i]just something to think about...[/i]
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
I never thought that I'd thank god For desperation, but he has a way of getting your attention and then reveling himself to you.
Give us desperate hearts, hearts that long to see your presence. I love the last verse of this chapter as well which says "That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."Let's Glory in the Lord. He is our life.
Because humility is complete dependence on the Lord then desperation is a key to opening our eyes to who really God is and who we really are. C. S. Lewis wrote that pain is the megaphone of God. Whatever exposes our helplessness without Him, God uses with such wisdom that more often we find ourselves crying out, "HELP!" Just exactly what He wants to hear, not the "beauty" of our prayers or of the things we present to Him.Like my brothers, I long to see God exalted, loved, understood, laid hold of in this present generation. Because HE is God, He must have a people who delight His heart continually and long for His presence "more than the watchman for the dawn or the deaf to hear a song!" The Lamb that was slain must have His reward! Glory to God!There's a shout and a longing in my heart today and it's this: Come Lord Jesus!
May 24th. Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost For His Highest" THE DELIGHT OF DESPAIR "And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead." Revelation 1:17It may be that like the apostle John you know Jesus Christ intimately, when suddenly He appears with no familiar characteristic at all, and the only thing you can do is to fall at His feet as dead. There are times when God cannot reveal Himself in any other way than in His majesty, and it is the awfulness of the vision which brings you to the delight of despair; if you are ever to be raised up, it must be by the hand of God. "He laid His right hand upon me." In the midst of the awfulness, a touch comes, and you know it is the right hand of Jesus Christ. The right hand not of restraint nor of correction nor of chastisement, but the right hand of the Everlasting Father. Whenever His hand is laid upon you, it is ineffable peace and comfort, the sense that "underneath are the everlasting arms," full of sustaining and comfort and strength. When once His touch comes, nothing at all can cast you into fear again. In the midst of all His ascended glory the Lord Jesus comes to speak to an insignificant disciple, and to say - "Fear not." His tenderness is ineffably sweet. Do I know Him like that? Watch some of the things that strike despair. There is despair in which there is no delight, no horizon, no hope of anything brighter; but the delight of despair comes when I know that "in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing." I delight to know that there is that in me which must fall prostrate before God when He manifests Himself, and if I am ever to be raised up it must be by the hand of God. God can do nothing for me until I get to the limit of the possible.